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James Riley Duke

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James Riley Duke Obituary
Duke, James Riley
James Riley Duke, 84, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on April 25, 2015. An Arizona Native, Jim was born in Phoenix on August 13, 1930. Jim received an Associate Degree in Arts from Phoenix College. He was married to Mary Arlene Payne for 32 years. Later in life, he was married to Wanda Norton who passed away in 2013. Jim was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jim loved photography and was a Master Photographer. He started Duke Photography in 1953 in Phoenix at the corner of 7th Ave. & Thomas. He felt honored to help capture tens of thousands of memories for the families in our community. Jim had a green thumb. Throughout his life, he exhibited a passion for all things related to horticulture. He had a farm in Cedar Hill, New Mexico that he absolutely loved to work on. He was a gentleman farmer. Jim is preceded in death by his son James Douglas Duke. He leaves behind his children, Darrell, Dwayne, Steven & Dorothy Duke Curtis, and Wanda's children, Debbie Goodman, Vicki Hulet, Denise Cummings, 30 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Friday, May 1st from 6-8pm at A.L. Moore Grimshaw Mortuary, 710 W. Bethany Home Rd., Phoenix, AZ. Funeral will be Saturday, May 2 at 11am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 8710 N 3rd Ave, Phoenix, AZ. Graveside service will take place in Prescott, AZ, Monday, May 4 at 12pm. Please send tributes and condolences to
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 29, 2015
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